England replacement lock Courtney Lawes went from hero to zero after a marginal offside call ruled out a potentially match-winning try by Sam Underhill.
Lawes charged down a Perenara box kick just on halfway before two All Blacks collided and sent the ball straight into the path Underhill, who went 40-metres to score in the corner, turning Beauden Barrett inside out. With just five minutes remaining the score would have surely sealed England’s win. Instead, the All Blacks held a slim 16-15 lead.
With two minutes remaining England had possession pushing into the All Blacks’ 22 before Lawes pushed a wild offload above the head of Henry Slade, who knocked on with an outstretched hand, costing Owen Farrell and England a chance of taking a last-minute drop goal.
The TMO’s decision to disallow Underhill’s try has again divided opinion, with many on both sides of the argument given the fine line between being offside at a ruck.
— Martyn Richmond (@martynrich) November 10, 2018
English Rugby Last week: Correct TMO decision – we have to respect it.
English Rugby This Week: Appalling decision by the TMO – how can this be allowed?
— Barry P. M. (@Ltm67) November 10, 2018
Absolutley no fucking way is that offside. Bitter South African officials once again #ENGvNZL
— James Shelton #BringBackRobotWars (@jaymess24) November 10, 2018
Unless the offside rule has changed from the hind most foot of th ruck Laws was always offside…it was only a matter of time until englands "line speed" caught them out #ENGvNZL
— jenny ryan (@jennybradryan) November 10, 2018
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